Icy roads make for dangerous driving conditions

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by HEATHER KOVAR and ASHLEY GOUDEAU / KVUE News and KVUE.com Staff

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Posted on December 6, 2013 at 7:52 AM

Updated Friday, Dec 6 at 12:13 PM

Icy road conditions are causing problems in Central Texas.

TxDOT says several roads are in "high alert" status. This includes SH 45N, I-35 at SH 45N, Loop 1 at SH 45N, 183A, and US 183 in Williamson and Northern Travis Counties.

Austin

Austin police say most elevated roadways near U.S. 183 and Lake Creek/RM 620 have ice on them. They advise drivers to stay off roads Friday if possible.

Just before 10 a.m. medics responded to a seven-vehicle crash on Highway 183A near Lakeline Mall Boulevard. There were minor injuries.

Just before 7 a.m. EMS responded to a six-vehicle crash involving an 18-wheeler at northbound U.S. 183 near Spicewood Springs Road. No injuries were reported.

In North Austin, police were forced to shut down U.S. 183 at SH 45 after crashes occurred. It has since reopened.

Williamson County

Williamson County Emergency Management officials say drivers should not take elevated roadways or ramps.

The westbound SH 45 ramp off MoPac has ice with cars unable to leave the road.

Round Rock 

Round Rock police responded to a crash in the westbound lanes of SH 45 Friday morning. Officers say they anticipated that the area near Interstate 35 would be a problem.

They closed the exit from I-35 southbound onto SH 45 earlier because there was ice on the overpass. A TxDOT crew treated the road, but within 10 minutes there was a crash and the road was shut down again. Police say emergency crews also responded to a crash less than a mile from that area.

Pflugerville

Pflugerville police have closed all ramps of SH 45. They urge drivers to avoid the SH 45/130 overpass.


The Texas Department of Transportation warned drivers Friday morning about black ice being found on roads. They advise to reduce your speed while driving or stay home.

For up-to-date road conditions go here.

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